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Ghost in the Shell 1.5: Human-Error Processor

HEP manga cover

Ghost in the Shell 1.5: Human-Error Processor攻殻機動隊Kōkaku Kidōtai 1.5: Human-Error Processor

Genre Cyberpunk


Authored by

Masamune Shirow

Published by
  • Flag of Japan Kodansha
  • Flag of United States Dark Horse Comics

Serialized in
  • Flag of Japan Young Magazine

Original Run

1991 – 1996





Release Dates




October 18, 2006



Ghost in the Shell (manga)

HEP manga alternate cover

Ghost in the Shell 1.5: Human-Error Processor (攻殻機動隊/Kōkaku Kidōtai 1.5: Human-Error Processor) is a set of four chapters that were left out of the Ghost in the Shell 2: Man/Machine Interface tankōbon by Masamune Shirow himself. The four chapters are: "Fat Cat", "Drive Slave", "Mines of Mind" and "Lost Past". As with each of the earlier Ghost in the Shell serializations, this was also serialized in Kodansha's Young Magazine.


# Title Year
01 HEP manga chapter FC1 Fat Cat 1991
02 HEP manga chapter DS1 Drive Slave 1992
03 HEP manga chapter MM1 Mines of Mind 1995
04 HEP manga chapter LP1 Lost Past 1996


The story continues following Section 9 and their covert ops investigations.

Fat CatEdit

1991: A young woman calls Section 9 to investigate her father's recent strange actions, and he turns out to be operated (through his electronic brain) by remote control.

Drive SlaveEdit

1992: Chroma (a.k.a. the Major) returns when her bounty hunt collides with Section 9's witness protection case.

Mines of MindEdit

1995: A cyber-date gets interrupted by an arms dealer's murder, which leads to a cyborg shoot-out at the marina and the reappearance of an agent's old friend.

Lost PastEdit

1996: The investigation into a kidnapping gone wrong leads to a covert operation by another government department into Okinawa terrorism.

Japanese Editions Edit

The first collected Japanese edition was published in 2003 and is 184 pages long. It contains a Booklet, a CD-ROM that features the full stories and adds music to the manga scenes. It also has a screen saver.

English Editions Edit

Announced at the 2005 San Diego Comicon, the series will be released as 8 individual comic-sized issues before being collected in trade paperback format. This will be the first of the Ghost in the Shell manga released in the U.S. to read right-to-left. The first issue came out 2006-10-18 [1].

The trade paperback was released on 2007-10-10.

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